Trigger (company)

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Trigger Inc.
kabushiki kaisha
Industry Animation studio and production enterprise
Founded August 22, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-08-22)
Founders Hiroyuki Imaishi, Masahiko Ohtsuka
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan[1]
Key people
Masahiko Ohtsuka
(company director, co-founder)
Hiroyuki Imaishi
(board member, co-founder)
Kazuya Masumoto
(board member)
Takuya Igarashi
Products Kill la Kill
Parent Ultra Super Pictures

Trigger Inc. (株式会社トリガー Kabushiki kaisha Torigā?), stylized as TRIGGER, also known as Trigger Entertainment, is a Japanese animation studio founded by former Gainax employees Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Ohtsuka in August 2011.


Trigger was established on August 22, 2011 by Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Ohtsuka shortly after leaving Gainax.[2] The studio name and official website was revealed in October 2011.[3] Along with assisting production on various series, Trigger has released a short film, Little Witch Academia,[4] and has developed its first original television anime series, Kill la Kill, which aired from October 2013 to March 2014.[5][6] On July 8, 2013 Trigger launched a Kickstarter project in order to fund a second episode of Little Witch Academia. The project was well received and achieved its goal of $150,000 in under five hours, and went on to raise a total of $625,518.[7] On March 11, 2014 it was announced that they would be producing an adaptation of Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de.





  1. ^ "RECRUIT - TRIGGER Inc.". Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Animator: Gurren Lagann Helmer Imaishi Establishes Studio". Anime News Network. October 6, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hiroyuki Imaishi's New Studio Name, Website Revealed". Anime News Network. July 10, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Gonzo, Trigger, Pierrot, Madhouse Make Anime Mirai 2013". Anime News Network. June 6, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Studio Trigger's 1st TV Series Teaser Streamed". Anime News Network. February 9, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Kill La Kill Anime Reunites Gurren Lagann Director, Writer". Anime News Network. May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Little Witch Academia 2 project page Jul 8, 2013
  8. ^ "Studio Trigger's 1st Inferno Cop Short Streamed". Anime News Network. December 25, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Trigger Makes Anime of Inou-Battle in the Usually Daze Comedy Novels". Anime News Network. March 11, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ninja Slayer Novels' Online English Release, English-Dubbed Trailer Unveiled". Anime News Network. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Studio Trigger, Evangelion‍ '​s Yoko Takahashi Work on Project X Zone Opening". Anime News Network. July 25, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
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